Events

  1. Year 11 Examination Block

    21 September @ 8:30 am - 25 September @ 3:30 pm AEST
  2. [Cancelled] ESA and Snowsports Presentation Evening

    24 September @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
  3. JS Merit Assembly

    24 September @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am AEST
  4. [Pending] Year 12 Breakfast

    25 September @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am AEST
  5. End of Term 3

    25 September @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST

News

  • SMGS Debate Team Featured in the latest AISNSW Education News

    In their latest newsletter, the Association of Independent Schools of NSW ran a feature on 2020 NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition. In the article, SMGS Senior English teacher and debate team coordinator Ms Anne Jones talks about what the opportunity to continue debating at such a high level means for our students.   To read […]
  • 2021 Kindergarten Virtual Information Evening

    Choosing the right school for your child to begin their learning journey is an important and exciting time for all families. Join us for the SMGS Kindergarten Virtual Information Evening on Thursday, 3rd September at 6:00 pm. This evening is open to all pre-enrolled SMGS Kindergarten 2021 families, and families considering SMGS’ Kindergarten in 2021, […]
  • Happy 100 days of Kindergarten!

    On Friday 31 August, the SMGS Kindergarten class of 2020 reached a significant milestone in their learning journey – their first 100 days of school!   Students participated in the following activities: reading “I’ll teach my dog 100 words” to start the day,  creating “100th-day crowns”, doing a “100 drops of water prediction” activity, making a “100 balloon” craft activity to display in their room, completing a “100 […]
  • We’re Hiring – Boarding House Supervisor

    We’re now accepting applications or a Boarding House Supervisor to join our team in July 2020. For all the details: Boarding House Supervisor

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
Read about Student Wellbeing

Recent posts from the Junior School

Students take flight in STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane Competition

By | September 7th, 2020|Categories: Academic, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Science|

As part of the 2020 National Science Week Activities, students had the opportunity to participate in the STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane Competition. SMGS had a number of students make the made the minimum cut-offs [...]

Junior School students explore the Deep Blue for National Science Week

By | September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Science|

Science Week was jam-packed full of excitement! The theme this year was Deep Blue. Year 6 engaged in the engineering process, creating prototypes that could clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Students planned and [...]

Students embrace Animals in the Hollows theme for 2020 Landcare artwork competition

By | September 1st, 2020|Categories: Arts, Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Every year primary students from around the region have the opportunity to enter their wonderful artistic creations into the Upper Snowy Landcare Calendar Artwork Competition. This year’s theme was animals in the hollows, focusing on [...]